Grateful Dead Live at Events Center, U of Colorado on 1981-12-09
- Live concert
- Grateful Dead
- DeadLists Project
Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel to Reel > DAT> CDR
Sennheiser 421 Audience source supplies "Mama Tried" (d1t06),
the first 1:38 of "Mexicali Blues" (d1t07), as well as from 4:54 of "Space" (d3t01)
thru 4:13 of "The Other One" (d3t02)
Patching / CD Mastering by Scott Clugston
EAC'ed / Shn'ed by Scott Clugston
- 2004-04-26 11:47:58
- Master Soundboard Cassette > Reel to Reel > DAT> CDR Sennheiser 421 Audience patch source
- Boulder, CO
- Transferred by
- Scott Clugston
Fantastic, unbelievable Scarlet/Fire.
Subject: Last Boulder
Rather than the usual Colo run, this was a "one off" - not planned a long time in advance - at the Coors Event Center (which, as locals know, is named for Adolph Coors' donation, and not because naming rights are currently owned by beer). The basketball can is notorious for poor acoustics - unless a band sets up on one end against the stalls. Starting the double encore, Bobby says they'll be back because they like Boulder. But as it happened this would be the last of five shows there, the next 15 Colorado shows all being at Red Rocks. This was the middle of three trips to the Denver-metro area in a little over a year (months earlier they played two nights in Denver and months later a 3-day Red Rocks run). Since the '75 hiatus they had built up one of their most loyal markets along the Front Range (of course, playing on a large campus known for hardcore music interest, you will have an audience). The show isn't one of their top 20 Colorado appearances, and may not be the best '81 (or even this month), but it's better than, say 5/6 (Dick's Picks 13) and, as other have noted, there's a strato China>Rider.
1st Set. Yr average '81 first set - except for possibly the worst Jack Straw trainwreck ever and the awesome end pairing. Jer's Friend of the Devil solo is great and it's a quiet/spacey Bird Song that comes back on a dime. Jer's solo is again unusual on Mexicali and it seems he's having a good night and Bobby an off one. Likewise for Candyman where the solo is inspired and very cool. Cassidy is unremarkable and by Looks Like Rain Bobby gets a Brand New Bag ("R-A-I-N", "Fuckin' Rain!!"). A bumptious delivery bordering on priapic silliness; but Bobby was never good at Rock Star™ posturing, nor did "wearing the Nudie suit" fit the band (short shorts however...). One of the year's best China>Riders starts uptempo but otherwise average, with the pace devolving until the China outro jam when Jer becomes inventive as fuck. During Rider he goes crazy with fills while Phil starts chording. I was compelled to puzzle-out some of these sticky little riffs after hearing this show again. At Colo shows Bobby would deliver "blow all my troubles away" and we'd bate breathing for the vox switch to Jer so we could go collectively nuts for Cool Colorado Rain. The guitar phrasing against the bass and keys is insane here. It's a knock-yer-sox version that rides as if the rails will split any second. Bobby stays weird; like, variety-show-weird.
2nd set. Scarlet is average '81 stylee but Fire hits a strong groove. Estimated has a good tempo but Bobby still finds it prudent to be James Brown (as a crow). Billy and Mickey are strong in He's Gone and ready to go into Drums, but Bobby and Brent wanna jam. S'cool. The band boards the ensemble cosmic transport for parts of The Other One but, it being a Jer show, Stella is where it treks. The end solo is very beautiful and ethereal. Phil is great here too. When Around & Around came up next I cringed. Given Bobby's carnival-esque attitude, I thought he might start hiccuping and barking (for rock and roll, wink) but he sobered up in time to give an average reading. Jer nonetheless is not ready to make this the closer and because they also come back for a double encore (including 1 of 8 Satisfactions in '81), it's an almost-two hour set.
1st Set: B-
2nd Set: C+
Overall = 3¼ stars
China Cat>I Know You Rider - An awesome, seat-of-your-pants version
Stella Blue - Jer could wring sheer emotion from just a fretboard & strings
SOURCES: The miller87349 source painstakingly restores the SBD sound, patching the gaps with perfection from an AUD. The Clugston is fine. (These are Composites, not Matrix recordings). The show is also on Dave's 20.
Subject: My 1st Grateful Dead show~ LOVE & LIGHT ~*~
Still on the bus and sharing with my 4 sons the incredible sounds...Update 10/25/16 this show is being released on the 1st of November 2016 as Dave's Pick Vol. 20...
Subject: Catch a Detroit Lightning out of Santa Fe
Subject: Coming back
Subject: Parallel universe, or something...
Subject: 81 boulder
Subject: This is great
Subject: Killer Show
Subject: total bliss
Subject: good setlist good show
Subject: pleasantly surprised
Subject: WOW, Best of '81!!
I thought I had heard all the great '81 shows and then discovered this gem. IMO it ranks up there with my three '81 favorites New years , 9-11 and 9-12 Greeks, and any other shows from that, or any year. What a find!!!
I Have to agree with the previous reviewers.... Awesome FOTD, Bird Song, Cassidy, Cold Rain, Candyman.....The greatest LLR, and China Cat -- I Know You Rider Ever, Jerry and Phil just take you to the moon!!
2nd Set is just as awesome, starting with a Stellar Scarlet/Fire the energy just never lets up.... Awesome Estimated - He's Gone, a great Other one--Stella. This awesome SBD is one of my new favorite shows....WOW, this show is the creme de la creme of '81!!!
Subject: CHINA>RIDER UNFREEKINGBELIEVABLE!!!!
The I know you rider is one of the best I have ever heard and I have listened to 500+ shows on this site.... Listen to Phil drop HUGE bombs and Jerry taking some notes to the nnnnth degreee.... Traiiiin... This place must have just been layed out after this. Unreal.
One of the best of '81 easily - Has same wildness of Rochester '80. Just heard it twice!
Subject: Dead Power Into Boulder
This is really a great show, and I think the loudest Dead show I ever saw, and from start to end one of the most powerful and raw show I ever witnessed. The first set is excellent (except for the band totally losing its way during Jack Straw in what I think is the worst meltdown I ever witnessed). The Cold Rain is powerful and appropriate for a bitterly cold night outside, The Bird Song is one of my favorites and I agree that The LLR, not usually my favorite song, is one of the best ever, with Jerry playing the sweetest and most appropriate rainfall licks throughout the final minutes. The China Cat > Rider, however is absolutely smoking! There is a great moment during in the second half of the jam between verses in Rider, where Phil whips out some powerful and unique licks, Jerry heard it, smiled, turned to Phil and turned up the energy in his licks, all the while rocking to and fro, as Bobby started his verse, Jerry plays this little lick between "Sun Gonna Shine" and "In My Back Dorr" that just floors me!!. The second set was great as well, A very nice Scarlet > Fire, an inspired Estimated Prophet > He's Gone and sweet Other One> Stella.
Before the Encore, Bobby says that this is a great place and we'll come back here. Alas, They never did. Get this show, it Rocks in Boulder
Subject: Classic Dead!!
It was a freezing night in Boulder, but inside was very hot and Loud!! the first set has some stellar moments. the Cold Rain is raw, The Bird Song is Epic and the LLR is the best ever and any show that ends the first set with China Cat > Rider (one of my favorite versions of this jam) and starts the second set with Scarlet > Fire is Awesome in my book.
Set 2 doesn't let up either, the Scarlet > Fire is definitely one for the ages and the Prophet through Other One > Stella Blue was classic.
Top it off with a US Blues > Satisfaction and you have a show that every Deadhead should have.
Subject: chemical fire
Subject: Behind not left out
Baby to be kickin' during drums...clean rep of this Grate show
Subject: Ultimate Rain
Subject: Oh, yeah, I remember this...
Toward the end of the show, the boys got a bit loud - Good Lovin' was one of the loudest things I ever heard. He said that it was loud like "having a jet plane in your bathtub is loud".
Oh, yeah, that's why the ears ring so much...
Subject: nice sound ... jerry too on vox
give a listen
Subject: nice show
I did get to see my daughter graduate high school in the same building about 20 years later. Kind of a trip. ;-)
Yes - you should get this show.
Subject: 1st show
Subject: DISC two
1. China Cat Sunflower>
2. I Know You Rider
3. Scarlet Begonias>
4. Fire on the Mountain
5. Estimated Prophet>
6. He's Gone>
pretty much "THE" big juicy ones.
Subject: Great Show with a long first set
Subject: Great 2nd set